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"Sir Henry's New Mummy," "Hallyhee, Cried the Trees," "The Mage, the Siege, and the Miscast Spells," and "Ten Gallons a Whore" are more standard fantasy fare, enjoyable and occasionally bringing a smile.
These tales are a lovely way to enjoy a brief escape into imaginative worlds. Recommended.
I found that the stories got off to a rocky start for me. The very first in the book was probably one of my least favorites. It felt under-edited and like it needed a little more fleshing out so it probably started this collection of stories on the wrong foot for me. It was a fun concept, for sure but there was something missing for me. Maybe that is just a risk of collections like this that are so across the board. It's unlikely that every story is going to work perfectly for every person.
The first story I really got in to was 'Lonely Famine, Happy at Last'. It told the story of Famine, abandoned by her comrades Death, War and Pestilence going out into the world to find a new place for herself now that most of the world is comfortably able to feed itself. I was actually disappointed that this story was as short as it was as I would have loved to have seen more of Famine's journey from Africa to where she ended up and maybe a slower revelation about what her new calling is.
One issue I found with a lot of the stories was too much telling and not enough showing. I realize that with short stories there needs to be a conscious effort to keep things concise but from several of the stories I needed just a little more in order to get really emotionally involved with the characters or plot. This book as a whole comes in around 35k words so there should have been a little breathing room to stretch some of the stories out.
The title story, 'Lake People' is without question the best of the book. The pacing is perfect, the story is beautiful and the mythology is well crafted. This story alone makes it worth buying this book. It speaks wonderfully to the universe giving you exactly what you need, when you need it, even if you yourself don't know what you're looking for. A few other favorites in this collection were 'Ten Gallons a Whore" and "Hallyhee, Cried the Trees."
Review by: Kellie of Sift Book Reviews
Sift Book Reviews received a free copy for review from the author. This has, in no way, affected the reviewer's opinion.